Principal and CEO

Westminster Academy
Location: London
Salary (£): Competitive
Closing Date: CLOSED
Start Date: September 2024
Phase: Secondary

Role Managed by

Caroline Olsen
Head of Executive Search
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We are delighted that you are expressing an interest in the Principal and CEO role at Westminster Academy.

Westminster Academy is a non-selective, 11-18 academy and IB World School in Central London. We are proud to provide excellent academic and extra-curricular opportunities for our students in an inclusive, internationally-minded environment.

The aim of Westminster Academy has always been to make this a centre of educational excellence and an amenity open to all of the community. We are proud to be located in one of the most diverse communities in Central London and it remains the express intent of our sponsors, the Dangoor Family, to create opportunities for local students, parents, and residents to thrive and reach their full potential.

At Westminster Academy we achieve our Mission “Education is Success” in many different ways. Positive relationships between teachers, support staff members, school leaders, parents and carers are vital for student success, and allow us to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which students develop as confident young adults. We provide a wide range of academic and personal development opportunities for our students, along with guidance and support to help them be successful. We also continue to build links with outstanding outside organisations that add enriching dimensions to the student experience at the Academy.

Our WA ethos is underpinned by the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. We are the only non-fee-paying school in Central London to offer the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma and Career-related Programmes and in 2023, for the first time, the average score for our students on the Diploma Programme surpassed the average in the UK, where the vast majority of students attend fee-paying schools. The internationally recognised IB qualifications reflect the IB’s own mission to develop ‘caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding’. The IB Mission goes hand in hand with our own HERO (Honesty, Enterprise, Responsibility & Opportunity) values as an Academy. We were delighted that our IB sixth form was recently designated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Ultimately, our success is reflected in what our students take with them when they leave WA, not only in terms of academic outcomes and post-18 choices, but also the impact Westminster Academy students can make on the world by personifying our WA values and ethos.

Over the past 4 years, our outgoing Principal, Dr Paul Wood, together with his team, has overseen the school’s return to normal life after the pandemic. He has set the educational direction for the school – the IB informed WA Way – and guided us through a successful Ofsted inspection last November and an IB five year evaluation team visit in January this year. We believe our new Principal and CEO has a wonderful opportunity to build on the very solid foundations that have been established.

We are now looking to recruit an exceptional person who is dynamic, inspirational and an innovative leader who will exhibit strong leadership and excellent interpersonal skills to continue to build upon the impressive achievements made by Paul and his team.

Westminster Academy has the benefit of a resourceful and effective group of Trustees, who work closely with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team, which has maintained an ambitious strategy for excellence.

We would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Caroline Olsen at Academicis on 01223 907979 or 07500889504 or via email at to have a confidential conversation and to find out more about this excellent opportunity.